Monday, December 01, 2008

SEASON'S GREETINGS FELLOW EARTHLINGS



(Above) Rejected design for a magazine cover.

Home For The Holidays
Finally home after much globe-trotting and family time. Back to finish work on a couple of secret projects, some of which I'll share with you today:

Carlos Meglia's Sketchbook

I'm extremely proud to announce a project near and dear to my heart, the publishing of Carlos Meglia's first ever sketchbook. This is something Meglia, Humberto Ramos and yours truly had planned to release last year. Unfortunately, due to our combined crazy schedules, we kept on putting this book on the proverbial "back burner", something I regret to no end. Last I spoke to Carlos we had agreed on the overall format, it was to be a sketchbook of some sort, since he admitted he had never published one before.

Carlos was an incredibly prolific artist and was always working on several projects at a time, the challenge was to find the time necessary to gather and sort through the piles of previously unreleased material. mostly preliminary work done towards known projects. In the end, life conspired against us and death took Carlos from us at his prime. But his work is strong and his legacy is very much alive, this book is an attempt at preserving that legacy.



I've always felt (with good reason) that Carlos Meglia was not justly recognized for his outstanding contribution to the world of comics and popular culture as a superb storyteller and also, as the master draughtsman he really was, at least not in the American continent, so little of his work has been published in English and the few things he did for American audiences were, in my opinion and with a few exceptions, poorly handled (read promoted and explored further) case in point: Monster World, a major piece of pop work, which influenced a whole new generation of comic book artists, a beautifully drawn and written book which despite its enormous potential for greatness, went largely unnoticed. Carlos was a comics celebrity in Europe, mainly through his work on Cyber Six and his ongoing collaboration with Didier Crisse for the french publisher 'Soleil'.

This book will NOT be a "tribute" book or a biographical type of volume, (we will work on a retrospective book in the future) but rather, an insightful and candid look at Carlos' thought process, through some of his most powerful and beautiful pencil sketches, inked drawings and a few color paintings. Most of what you will see in the book is what I consider his most amazing attribute: his gift for designing compelling characters.

We are working diligently to release this book in late January. It bares mention that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to his wife and young child.

My Way of Saying Thanks
From now (December 1st) until December 20th 2008 I am taking $5.00 off any one of my books: "Confessions of a Process Junkie", "Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops", "Bocetto","ECFS Volume 1" and "ECFS Volume 1 part 2". The new price for these volumes is: $19.95 instead of $24.95, sorry for the confusion.

Edit: ECFS 1 (2007) was divided into two books ECFS part1 &ECFSpart 2, the 2008 annual ECFS AKA  ECFS2 is still in production. Hang in there!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Feliz Navidad a todos!


Abrazos,
Alberto

20 comments:

Roland said...

Thats very exciting news. I can't wait to get my hands on that book.

flaviano said...

this is a great thing, Carlos was one of first inspiration so i want to have in my hand every drawing he did.
well done Alberto!
hope i can order the book with my copy of ECFS2.

Alex "Toon" Deligiannis said...

Thanks for this, man... I'm so glad to see you guys are putting this together and keeping Carlos alive. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

13toon's said...

hello alberto that is great to hear about carlos book, i remember talking to you about it a year or more ago and how great it would be to see it done and our dreams have came true. also hope all is well. bye 4 now

RIP : To one of the best artist in my life time.

Erik. said...

Ack, discounts! Sweet, dude. I love these books.

joverine said...

wow I really love that cover and the 'seperated' binding
so awesome that you guys are continuing on with this book AND a follow up tribute book!! in spite of the unfortunate circumstances.


I look fwd to checking this out
thnx
joe

ShojinStudios said...

WOA Amazing I need to get better schooled on this great man's work, Gracias for making this book available!!!!!!!!

RobSchwager said...

Cheers brother!

Dramiro said...

Que buena pinta tiene el de Meglia, ese pa la saca

Augie said...

Alberto, you don't know how happy it makes me that someone is finally putting together a Carlos Meglia sketchbook. I've been a fan of Meglia for a long time, and always wondered why nobody had tried to put together an art book before. I'm glad you guys are taking the time to finally make this happen.

COMIKXGUY said...

i was scolling down to see what you had this time and saw his name on this book

and i got teary eyed, really

its not just a remembrance of the greatness of carlos but of the many other creators that have let us see their vision

thank you

i did remember cyber 6 and monster world, it deffinitely influenced me

ANX said...

Hey man, I really really appreciate you guys putting Meglia's book together. If not for him, I wouldn't be half the artist I am today. I'm dying to get this book.

TMALO70 said...

Hey Alberto,

One more Thanks for continuing on with this ArtBook of one of the few People in world who was a True Cartoonist...

Antonio Maldonado

Xeno said...

Merry Christmas!

The Passenger said...

I saw all your blogs and i liiiike a lot your stuff....maybe we could collaborate toghether on my magazine....please let us know , write eus.....meanwhile MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR....TO ALL YOUR BIG FAMILY!

malagon said...

Hola Alberto soy amigo de Turcios, estupendo trabajos y libros, espero pronto al edición de Omar

Alma. said...
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Chrissie A said...

Alberto--just stopping by to wish you and your family a happy, prosperous and creative New Year!

COMIKXGUY said...

belated juggle my ballz to yas and your familia

Yau-ming's blog!! said...

What were some of your inspiration for that fabulous tatto work on that semi nude? I'm guessing (cos I love that sort of art) its from the Casino Royale cover art from the 1960s. eg.
http://asiastrange.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/casino_royale_art.jpg